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[adj] characterized by physical or psychological maltreatment; "abusive punishment"; "argued...that foster homes are abusive"
[adj] expressing offensive reproach


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\A*bu"sive\, a. [Cf. F. abusif, fr. L. abusivus.]
1. Wrongly used; perverted; misapplied. I am . . . necessitated to use the word Parliament improperly, according to the abusive acceptation thereof. --Fuller.
2. Given to misusing; also, full of abuses. [Archaic] ``The abusive prerogatives of his see.'' --Hallam.
3. Practicing abuse; prone to ill treat by coarse, insulting words or by other ill usage; as, an abusive author; an abusive fellow.
4. Containing abuse, or serving as the instrument of abuse; vituperative; reproachful; scurrilous. ``An abusive lampoon.'' --Johnson.
5. Tending to deceive; fraudulent; cheating. [Obs.] ``An abusive treaty.'' --Bacon. Syn: Reproachful; scurrilous; opprobrious; insolent; insulting; injurious; offensive; reviling.

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